Advancing Local and Regional Food Systems
Opportunities to Grow Resilient, Equitable Communities 2.0
Wednesday, January 28 – 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
The 2015 New Partners Conference will again feature an optional pre-conference workshop on healthy, equitable food systems, to be held on Wednesday, January 28. Building on last year’s workshop, this 2.0 version will further inspire and equip participants to advance local and regional food systems aligned with smart-growth objectives and strategies. How can these food production, processing or distribution activities create economic opportunities, foster environmental sustainability and promote community health? How are urban, rural and suburban communities working to improve food access for their most vulnerable residents? What partnerships and resources have enabled successful planning, implementation and evaluation efforts?
Grassroots advocates, policymakers and government staff, researchers, planners, funders and other public and private stakeholders will explore these issues through an expanded agenda with additional time for networking and smaller group discussions. The program will showcase examples from the Baltimore-DC region alongside leaders from across the country.
Includes lunch, coffee break and a post-workshop reception. Pre-registration and a $45 fee are required.
Made possible by the generous support provided by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, through funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food & Community program, Local Government Commission, AARP Foundation, Princes Trust, The Horizon Foundation, Town Creek Foundation, and the United Way of Central Maryland.
Additional speakers will be added – watch this page for updates!
Wednesday – Workshop Program
|11:00 – 12:15 AM||
Baltimore’s comprehensive food system planning, policy and partnership efforts are known as a national model. The workshop will kick off with an introduction to our host city featuring diverse perspectives of those working to shape and implement its vision for a sustainable local food system.
Baltimore’s Food System Vision
Marc Steiner, Host, Sound Bites & The Marc Steiner Show
Anne Palmer, Program Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director, City of Baltimore
Willie Flowers, Executive Director, Park Heights Community Health Alliance
|12:15 – 1:15 PM||
|1:15 – 2:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions A: ADVANCING EQUITABLE FOOD ACCESS
Promoting equitable food access can be a priority in communities of all types, from inner cities to rural areas. These sessions will explore efforts to dismantle food access barriers in different community contexts.
|Empowering Healthy Choices in Urban Communities
Kate Fitzgerald, Kate Fitzgerald Consulting
Miriam Manon, Senior Associate, The Food Trust
Lauren Shweder Biel, Executive Director, DC Greens
TBD, The Food Trust
|Mobile Markets, Hubs & Spokes: Innovations in Food Distribution
Rosimar Melendez, Senior Staff Associate, The Horizon Foundation
Christine Bergmark, Executive Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
Kelly Dudeck, Food Policy Director, Howard County Maryland
Rebecca Baran-Rees, Project Director, Santa Fe Community Foundation
|Community Organizing for Equitable Food Access
Rebecca Nagle, Coordinator, No Boundaries Coalition (invited)
Melissa Kelly, Heath Chair, No Boundaries Coalition (invited)
|2:45 AM – 4:00 PM||
CONCURRENT SESSIONS B: SMART GROWTH THROUGH LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS
|Applying an Equity Analysis: Putting Intent into Action
Autumn Saxton-Ross, Program Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity
Vanessa Briggs, Managing Director, Health Promotion, Public Health Management Corporation & Executive Director, Health Promotion Council
Mary Lee, Deputy Director, PolicyLink.
|Supporting Sustainable Food Production
Meredith Lathbury Girard, Senior Program Officer, Town Creek Foundation
Sandi Olek, Natural Resource Planner, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Ann Jones, Executive Director, Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance
Marisa Jones, Assistant Program Manager, Institute for Public Health Innovation
|Cultivating Good Food Jobs
Yanique Redwood, President & CEO, Consumer Health Foundation
Nicholas Freudenberg, Faculty Director, New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College
David Zuckerman, Research Associate, Democracy Collaborative
|4:15 – 5:30 PM
Participants will reconvene for a closing plenary where, following a recap of breakout session highlights, public and philanthropic leaders will share their approaches and motivations for supporting local and regional food systems. What does it mean to invest in this movement and where can we go from here?
Reflections on Breakout Sessions
Investments to Advance the Movement
Elanor Starmer, National Coordinator & Advisor for Local and Regional Food Systems, US Department of Agriculture
Celeste James, Director, Community Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
|5:30 – 7:30 PM